Tuition and fees for 2016-2017, full-time first year law students who are Missouri residents: $18,646.84/year.

Non-resident fees are an additional $16,809 but many students qualify for non-resident fee scholarships that allow them to pay the in-state rate while they establish Missouri Residency.

These rates are based on a typical 30-hour enrollment. For the most up-to-date tuition information, including a table of tuition and fees per credit hour, please visit the Cashier’s Office website. Note: there are different rates for the J.D. program versus the LL.M. program, so please be sure to view the correct program information.

Estimated Budget

Below is the approximate nine-month (fall/winter) academic year budget for a typical first-year law school student living off campus. All fee amounts are our best estimate at the time of publication, but the Board of Curators may change them at any time.

Expense Category Nine-Month Amount
Fees (Missouri resident) $18,646.84
Room and Board $9,516
Transportation $2,126
Personal/Medical $3,308
Books and Equipment $1,318
Total $34,904.84

Fee Schedule for part-time students: Fall 2016 – Winter/Spring 2017

Credit Hours Resident Fees/Semester Non-Resident Fees/Semester*
8 $5,054.53 $9,536.93
9 $5,680.16 $10,722.86

*Part-time students are also eligible for non-resident fee scholarships.


The university, not the law school, makes residency determinations. For information regarding establishing Missouri residency, please call the UMKC Admissions Office at 816-235-1111 or visit their residency rules website. Law school students are not eligible for the metro rate program.

Missouri Tax Payer Credit Discount

Students who are not Missouri residents and are assessed non-resident fees but work in Missouri and have a Missouri income tax liability may be eligible for partial Missouri Tax Payer Tuition Assistance. Students with visa types of J-1 and F-1 are not eligible. Applications are available from the Cashier‘s Office and must be completed along with appropriate tax information.